Top 10 cannabis-friendly destinations

Published Sep 15, 2021 09:30 a.m. ET
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Cannabis tourism is an exciting market these days, but each region has its own list of cannabis laws. Though some places remain against anything green-related, some cities are a dream for explorers who crave a true stoner experience. These are some of the best areas for 420-friendly travelers who are trying to plan the vacation of their dreams without having to worry about hiding their stash or their use of the plant along the way.

1. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is number one on this list because it’s been a world-famous destination for cannabis enthusiasts for years though it has recently scaled back the number of offerings allowed in the area, so it’s important to research the most up-to-date changes before you go. Still, it’s filled with numerous cannabis cafes, bud n breakfasts, and numerous other intimate experiences, thanks to a massive red-light district that will help to satisfy your deepest cravings and desires while you’re on vacation.

2. Las Vegas, United States

Las Vegas is where people who like to party can have a great time, which is why it’s been dubbed the city that never sleeps, and though it might be most popular for its many casinos, the cannabis scene here is coming alive with ample opportunities for cannabis lovers of all sorts. As long as you’re of legal age, 21 and over, you’ll be able to hit up everything from fully stocked dispensaries to a museum, in between placing bets and lounging poolside at a classy hotel.

3. Nimbin, Australia

You may not have heard of Nimbin, but now is the time to familiarize yourself with all that this gorgeous little town has to offer, as it’s the self-proclaimed capital of cannabis in Australia. Of course, you’ll need to get past all of the larger-than-life spiders and deadly animals that share the wilderness, but once you do, it’ll all be worth it. Here visitors will feel like they’ve been transported back in time with a 60’s vibe and design, and there’s everything from dispensaries to farms and cute little cafes to explore.

4. Toronto, Canada

The Toronto cannabis scene has risen amongst some of the most incredible sights and sounds of a big city, with world-famous skyscrapers, 5-star hotels, and pastry experts specializing in edibles; there’s a little bit of something for every kind of consumer here. As long as you’re 19 or older, you’ll be able to legally carry 30 grams of herb while exploring world-famous locations like the CN Tower and cannabis-inspired cafes full of friendly faces that will help you to find everything you could possibly need during your stay.

5. Montevideo, Uruguay

A lot of people don’t realize this, but Uruguay was one of the first countries in the world to legalize cannabis for recreational consumers. Since 2013, the local cannabis industry has blossomed into a unique space that offers incredible adventures for 420-friendly travellers. Technically, you can’t buy it legally from a store here, which can make the journey seem daunting, but most residents are more than happy to share their spoils and there are some amazing sights to see, growing groups to join, and so much more. As long as you’re over 18, you’ll be good to get stoned in Montevideo.

6. Kingston, Jamaica

Technically, weed isn’t legal here, it’s been decriminalized which means that you won’t get in trouble for having or consuming it, but it is going to take a few conversations with the locals to score some green if you visit. Usually, all it takes is a relaxing walk down the breathtaking beaches, and you’ll get to take in some incredible views at the same time. This is also where the famous cannabis icon Bob Marley comes from, which is only further proof of the smooth vibes that await tourists in Kingston.

7. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Spain is the epicenter of architecture, art, and beautiful sandy beaches that offer killer sunsets, and it’s also one of the most cannabis-friendly places in the entire world. The region is home to several famous seed breeders and its lax laws allow even tourists to possess up to 40 grams of herb. Indulge in one of Barcelona's many cannabis clubs, or visit its restaurants, while staying in one of multiple 420-friendly hotels for a true, green-inspired vacation.

8. Denver, United States

Colorado cannabis tourism is booming because it’s had plenty of time to get established, which is why it attracts millions of visitors every single year, and Denver is a gem among the variety of cities that have adapted to this new way of life since legalization became official for recreational users in 2012. Here you can start the day on the slopes and end it with a piping hot cup of cannabis-infused coffee at one of many local cafes.

9. Vancouver, Canada

Canada legalized cannabis for both medical and recreational use, and since then, Vancouver has become a world-famous vacation destination for 420 friendly visitors in search of a fully immersive experience. Here you’ll find popular dispensaries and restaurants like the brand-new Amsterdam Café, alongside a tonne of seedbanks, headshops, and cannabis tours that will teach you about weed and its progress in the area. They’ve even got hotels that cater to the needs of consumers, so you let your hair down and relax or go out to explore.

10. Portland, United States

If you’re looking for a unique cannabis-friendly town to visit in Oregon, then Portland is the place to be. This state is so pro-drugs that it recently legalized all substances, and all people including tourists, are entitled to carry a whole ounce of weed at any given time. Check out the notorious Powell Books, a store that takes up a whole city block, visit cute local bridges, and take in some art while you stroll around the area, and you’ll be sure to have the time of your life.

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